DIY Wall-Hanging Ironing Boards

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DIY Wall-Hanging Ironing Boards
Attach your ironing board to the wall. (ironing image by jovica antoski from Fotolia.com)

Attaching an ironing board to the wall allows you to maximise your space and create an ironing centre. Done incorrectly, you might pull the ironing board right off the wall and onto the floor, damaging the wall. Done correctly, you will have a one-step solution that keeps you from having to unload the board from the closet or laundry room, unfold it and set it up. Follow proper construction procedures and enjoy the efficiency of a hanging ironing board.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • 6-inch metal hinge
  • 1/4-inch metal screws
  • Hammer
  • 3 drywall screw clasps, 1/4-inch each
  • Plastic latch
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unscrew the rear legs from the ironing board using the Phillips screwdriver. The rear is the wide portion of the ironing board. The front is the narrow tip.

  2. 2

    Drill one 1/4-inch hinge hole into the rear bracing bar, positioning it 1 inch from the right edge. The rear bracing bar can consist of the back bar on the underside of the ironing board that surrounds the rear folding leg. On some models, it consists of a bar that wraps around the outer edge on the underside of the ironing board table.

  3. 3

    Drill one 1/4-inch hinge hole into the rear bracing bar, positioning it 1 inch from the left edge.

  4. 4

    Align the holes in the 6-inch metal hinge against the holes in the rear bracing bar.

  5. 5

    Attach the 6-inch metal hinge to the ironing board using the 1/4-inch metal screws, making sure to fold the hinge at a 90-degree angle with the swinging part of the hinge against the bottom of the board and facing the rear.

  1. 1

    Drill two 1/4-inch holes into the wall using the drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit, positioning them 3 inches apart. Vertically, make sure they measure the same distance from the floor as the ironing board's front leg.

  2. 2

    Hammer a plastic drywall screw clasp into each wall hole.

  3. 3

    Align the holes in the loose end of the 6-inch-metal hinge to the plastic drywall screw clasps.

  4. 4

    Attach the loose end of the hinge to the wall using 1/4-inch metal screws.

  5. 5

    Fold the ironing board against the wall

  1. 1

    Hold the plastic latch against the wall above the tip of the ironing board when it's folded against the wall. The latch can either rotate around to "clasp" the ironing board into place, or it can lift upward, allowing you to insert the ironing board. When you release the latch, the spring will provide enough pressure to hold the board in place.

  2. 2

    Mark a drill hole in the latch using the pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole in the mark on the wall. Be sure to drill in the centre of the mark.

  4. 4

    Hammer a plastic drywall screw clasp into the clasp hole.

  5. 5

    Attach the latch to the wall with a 1/4-inch metal screw.

  6. 6

    Test the ironing board by lowering it parallel to the floor and extending the front leg.

Tips and warnings

  • You can obtain a wall-mount kit, but they vary in quality and cost. Additionally, they might not fit your ironing board. By purchasing the individual tools, you can be sure you hang your ironing board correctly the first time.
  • Regardless of what advertisers say on ironing-board kits, you don't need stronger screws to support a lot of weight. The ironing board's front leg will support all the weight you need, and 1/4-inch screws will sufficiently hold the ironing board against the wall.

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